Helicopter Flights Expected in Lorton Tuesday for Capital Shield Exercise
Posted at 1:24 p.m.
On Tuesday, Oct. 9, you can expect to see an increase in helicopter traffic in the vicinity of Interstate 95, Exit 161 and the Lorton Training Facility due to Capital Shield 13, a National Capital Region emergency exercise. Helicopter flights are anticipated between 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Residents should note that this exercise will simulate the movement and treatment of mock victims to area hospitals. This exercise will not impact your ability to be promptly seen at local hospitals, however, you may see people dressed up to look like they have been severely injured. Residents should not be alarmed. This is a planned exercise to test the region’s capability to respond to a mass casualty scenario.
The emergency exercise is an interagency emergency management exercise conducted throughout the National Capital Region (NCR). The annual exercise brings federal and local agencies together to realistically test interagency operability to an event impacting D.C., Va. and Md.
More than 50 participating agencies from the Department of Defense, local response agencies and local hospitals will perform mock rescues, triage, treat and transport victims by helicopter and ambulance to area hospitals. The goal of the exercise is to ensure that government agencies at every level are prepared to take coordinated action to protect the public in the event of an actual disaster in the NCR.